‘Disney Universe is a vast treasure chest of Disney properties with memorable characters, places and experiences that gamers, as well as Disney fans will enjoy,’ said Adam Sussman, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group. ‘The fast-paced, frenetic gameplay combined with wacky humor and hilarious situations make Disney Universe the perfect game to play with family and friends.’
Last week, we reported a brief appearance of a video game titled ‘Disney Universe’ that had made its way to Amazon.com but was removed shortly thereafter.
The game, with adaptations for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, boasts the ability for gamers to team up to play more than 40 popular characters from the Disney arsenal.
Expected to be announced at or shortly prior to E3 next week, Disney Interactive Studios has released the following teaser for the game, which it now confirms to be released later this year. The teaser features little blue characters in CosPlay format, portraying a character from TRON: Legacy, Mike Wazowski from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Stitch from Lilo and Stitch along with the tagline: ‘Suit Up. Power Up. Team Up.’
Earlier today, Amazon.com began listing a title called ‘Disney Universe’ for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii platforms with a release date of May 26, 2011. Subsequently, that information has been removed from Amazon.com’s site (but not before the non-cached pages were picked up by Google).
Not only is it unlikely that a game won’t be announced less than 10 days before its release, but games are traditionally introduced on Tuesdays, which May 26, 2011 is not (nor is it in 2012). That detail is minor, however, as Amazon.com has been known for making mistakes in dating releases before.
The Pirate Discovery App, the official mobile app for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets, the Pirate Discovery App immerses fans in a world of Pirates content before, during and after the movie is available in theaters on May 20th.
The Royal wedding is less than 48 hours away, and the Disney Princesses are celebrating with updates to their popular Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book app!
Just as the wedding day of Kate and William promises to be, the app is a dream world captivating little girls the world over. There’s a royal wedding and a magic carpet ride.
Is your little one entranced by the thought of England’s new princess and what dress she will wear? Then she will marvel at the fully interactive dress up features of the app, including the ability to change outfits, and accessories, add tiaras, and send the royal portrait to friends, family, and fellow princesses!
ABC News today launched the ABC Video Bookstore App for iPad, available free on the App Store. The free app will turn the page on a new generation of storytelling, creating an interactive experience for users that enables them to delve deeper into the most compelling stories of our time.
The ABC Video Bookstore debuts with two titles, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love by Jane Green and THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia by ABC News. Both will be available for $7.99 through the app and wherever eBooks are sold, or as a $5.99 text and photo-based version for e-readers that don’t support video. Additional titles will be released throughout the year.
ESPN announced today its flagship network ESPN as well as ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers via the new ‘WatchESPN’ App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available on the App Store.
In time for the early rounds of the Masters, the NBA Playoffs and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their video subscription can now watch the channels from the convenience of their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Walt Disney Studios Netherlands provides us with a couple of gems today for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, in theaters nationwide on May 20, 2011.
First up is a podcast video hosted by Geoffrey Rush, focusing briefly on the history of the Disneyland attraction that inspired the franchise. In addition to the ride background, including a televised introduction to the attraction by Walt Disney (Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction that Walt personally worked on), the podcast also shows quite a bit of footage from the film plus behind-the-scenes footage which includes Johnny Depp (in full Captain Jack Sparrow makeup) making a grand entrance via helicopter. Because it comes from overseas, the podcast is subtitled, but is entirely in English (we will replace it with a non-subtitled version as it becomes available).
Playdom today announced the launch of Deep Realms, the first game to bring the classic RPG experience to social gaming.
In Deep Realms players explore a rich fantasy world, making strategic choices that result in different but equally viable experiences. Players explore lush, detailed scenes and engage in turn-based combat against increasingly dangerous foes. By integrating social elements, such as avenging friends in player-vs-player combat and real-time cooperative boss battles, Playdom evolves the social RPG to the next level.
ABC Entertainment Group and Activision Publishing, Inc. today announced that Wipeout in the Zone is coming this summer to Kinect(tm), controller-free games and entertainment, for Xbox 360(r). Based on the ABC hit show “Wipeout,” Wipeout in the Zone will be the latest release in this hit video game franchise and will have players running, ducking, dodging and wiping out using Kinect for Xbox 360’s full-motion capabilities right in their own living room.